The goal of the Central Louisiana Safety Coalition is to reduce the number of traffic related fatalities and serious injuries by developing and implementing a regional safety action plan that focuses on the specific problems and issues facing the Central Region.
One person dies every 16 minutes in a traffic crash in the United States. Over the course of a lifetime, nearly every U.S. resident is touched by consequences of traffic crashes. Toward Zero Deaths is the United States’ highway safety vision.
Zero is not impossible, but it will take all of us to get there. Check out the Toward Zero Deaths video below. For more information, please visit:
Infrastructure & Operations Safety
Roadway departure and intersection are the leading contributing factors for fatal and serious injury crashed in Central Louisiana. The Alexandria/Pineville MPO has collaborated with DOTD district office, parish and local government to develop and implement the Infrastructure and Operations action plan.
The Regional Strategic Highway Safety Plan is a data-driven approach to reduce number of crashes on our roadways. To develop strategies and update action plans, the Safety Coalition utilizes safety related data, such as crash reports and analysis tools, such as GIS.
Road Safety Assessment
A Road Safety Audit (RSA) is the formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team from the 4 Es: engineering, enforcement, EMS and education. It qualitatively estimates and reports on potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for improvements in safety for all road users.
Interested in become a member of the Central Louisiana RSA team, contact Destiny Kunefke at the Rapides Area Planning Commission.
Local & Rural Road Safety
Of the 32,675 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2014 there were 16,710 (51%) that occurred in rural areas, 15,487 (47%) that occurred in urban areas, and 478 (1%) that occurred in unknown areas.
Local road agencies often do not have the resources needed to adequately address safety problems on the roads they own and operate. The Louisiana SHSP team provides tools and resources specifically for local and rural road safety.
Seat belts save lives and the CenLA Highway Safety Coalition join national and statewide leadership in promoting safety messages on seat belt use, child car seats use and other occupant protection systems.
Car Seat by Child's Age and Size. (n.d.). From http://www.safercar.gov
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Need more information?
go to safercar.gov/carseats
Louisiana Occupant Protection law
Primary Seatbelt (R.S. 32:295.1) - vehicle 10,000 lbs. or less, all occupants must have seat belt when vehicle is in motion
Child Occupant Seatbelt (R.S. 32:295) - Children under the age of 6 years or less than 60 lbs. must be in a child restraint system or booster seat that is age and size appropriate, in accordance with manufacturers recommendations. Children 6 to 12 years of age must be restrained by a lap belt, shoulder harness, or an age / size appropriate child safety or booster seat.
Child Restraint Affidavit (R.S. 32:414T) - The department shall send written notification to the driver to inform them of 30 day allowance for the driver to show an affidavit for proof that an appropriate child safety seat has been obtained. Following the 30 day period, if not affidavit has been provided, the Department shall suspend the license of any person upon notification of the first or second conviction, until such time as he provides the department with a notarized affidavit stating he has acquired an approved age- or size-appropriate child restraint system where applicable and has complied with all other requirements of reinstatement as provided by law and department regulation.
Motorcycle Helmet (R.S. 32:190) - all motorcycle operators and passengers must wear a motorcycle helmet.
Car Seat Safety Tips!
What are the Laws?
For more information Please visit Louisiana Highway Safety Commission website.
Almost 30% of fatal crashed in Central Louisiana in 2015 involved alcohol. CHSC joins the efforts with national, statewide and local agencies to prevent drunk driving and promote safety messages.